Regional Medicine Procurements

15 pharmaceutical companies have been shortlisted to participate in price negotiations and purchase of medicines in the region.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Central American Integration System (SICA) has presented a certificate of prequalification to 15 pharmaceutical firms, accrediting them with engaging in joint price negotiations and purchase of medicines in the region during 2014.

From a press release issued by SICA:

The SICA, through the Executive Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic (SE- COMISCA) has given 15 pharmaceutical companies a Prequalification Certificate which allows them to participate in the Joint Negotiating Drug Prices and Purchases 2014, to be held by health departments in the region.

This certificate uses as its basis regional pharmaceutical regulations that are in force and application of internationally accepted quality standards, among which are those issued by the World Health Organization.



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